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Tony O'Kane | Aug 1, 2008

Nissan Australia has announced that from August onwards the X-Trail soft-roader will be available with a fuel-sipping 2-litre turbodiesel engine mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.Fuel consumption is an admirable 7.4 litres per 100km with the oil-burner fitted, while there's oodles more torque than the petrol model.

The automatic-equipped X-Trail dCi gets 110kW and 320Nm from its diesel four-pot, while the slightly more powerful manual gets 127kW and a respectable 360Nm of twist. While it'll never win anything down at your local tractor-pull, those numbers still compare very favourably with the petrol model's 125kW and 226Nm and is enough to give the manual-equipped diesel a towing capacity of some 2000kg.

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The Renault-source M1D turbodiesel motor is sure to prove a big hit with consumers in this time of volatile fuel prices. Not only that, but the diesel's prodigious amount of torque (90 per cent of which is available from as low as 1750rpm) also makes the X-Trail an excellent urban load-lugger.

Front, side and curtain airbags are included as standard on both the TS and TL model grades, as are ABS, stability control, and hill start and hill descent control. Standard mod cons include air conditioning, power windows and mirrors, cruise control, 17-inch alloys and a six-stacker CD player.

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The Nissan X-TRAIL dCi TS starts at $36,990 for the manual and $38,990 for the automatic. The leather and sunroof-equipped TL models start from $39,990 for the self-shifter and $41,990 for the auto.

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Nissan Australia is set to expand its reach in the Compact SUV market, by aiming new torqued-up diesel variants of the extremely popular X-TRAIL at active lifestyle families of all ages.

While Nissan is renowned for its powerful, high-torque diesel engines in the Patrol and Pathfinder families, the X-TRAIL SUV has been petrol-only to date.

That hasn’t stopped the new second generation X-TRAIL reaping acclaim on debut here, securing the prestigious Australia’s Best Cars award for the ‘Best Recreational 4WD’ from the country’s auto clubs in December 2007.

The Nissan X-TRAIL ST also won the Best 4WD under $40,000 award in the Drive Car of the Year awards in 2007.

This August, Nissan Australia is adding the choice of a diesel engine, developed in association with its alliance partner Renault. This highly refined, state-of-the-art 2.0-litre four-cylinder powerplant delivers smooth, responsive performance when mated to a six-speed automatic and high-torque, overtaking power when mated to the six-speed manual transmission.

To make the diesel-powered X-TRAIL dCi as attractive to all categories of outdoors oriented customers it will be available in two grades, TS and TL. This is the first time Nissan Australia has offered a choice of engines in the X-TRAIL. In the first generation model (sold from 2001-2007) the sole four-cylinder 2.5-litre petrol engine option was much admired for its robust performance. This engine was carried over when the all-new, second generation X-TRAIL was launched in October last year.

The 2.5-litre 125kW petrol engine is now joined by the 2.0-litre 110kW / 320Nm turbodiesel mated to the new (conventional) six-speed automatic, while the six-speed manual transmission is paired with a more potent 127kW version of the diesel engine, with an impressive 360Nm of torque on tap.

The manual transmission model is able to tow up to 2,000kg, giving it an edge over some diesel-powered rivals.

In European markets the M1D engine has been used in diesel version of the DUALIS, as well as in certain Renault models.It boasts common rail direct injection, turbo charging, 16-valves and a 1995cc capacity.

Both versions of the four-cylinder diesel engine offer prodigious levels of torque from as little as 2000rpm, with 90% of peak torque available from 1750rpm.

Fuel efficiency, as well as exhaust emissions, is laudable with the 127kW engine consuming only 7.4-litres of fuel per 100km. The new diesel X-TRAIL dCi TS and TL variants are extremely well equipped, with both featuring front, side and curtain airbags, stability control (ESP), ABS brakes, seat-belt pretensioners and Nissan’s intelligent ALL MODE 4x4-i system which incorporates Hill Start and Hill Descent control.

Further standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows and mirrors, airconditioning, cruise control, a six-stack CD player, front fog lights and chrome door handles. For the TL model, the specification list includes power adjustable heated leather seats, climate control air-conditioning and a panoramic sunroof.

The Nissan X-TRAIL dCi TS diesel is priced from $36,990 for the six-speed manual model, and $38,990 for the six-speed automatic. The premium X-TRAIL dCi TL diesel is priced from $39,990 for the six-speed manual version and $41,990 respectively for the six-speed automatic.

“We are very excited that we are able to take advantage of the technological partnership with Renault and bring this very advanced, powerful and frugal engine to Australia in the X-TRAIL,” said Dan Thompson, CEO of Nissan Australia.

“The M1D engine has been extremely well received in Europe in a variety of products and we are sure that its reception in Australia will be just as good.

“In Europe, diesel engines are well regarded among private buyers, and this engine, with its Alliance roots and its success in both Nissan and Renault product, give us plenty of confidence it will be a winner in Australia too.

“Being the first of the volume sellers in this very competitive segment with a diesel option will be extremely beneficial for Nissan and will reinforce X-TRAIL’s reputation as being one of the most versatile and capable compact 4WD’s on the market.

“Importantly the new turbo diesel will attract new customers with its combination of performance, refinement and economy. We expect fully 40 percent of X-TRAIL sales will be of the diesel variant.

“And sales of diesel-powered SUVs to private buyers have increased 42 percent so far this year across all classes. That is good news for Nissan because it underscores the fact that customers are in the private market and are taking diesel seriously.

“The new X-TRAIL has already proved itself a winner with customers and critics alike, and being able to offer diesel with both six-speed manual and a conventional six-speed automatic gearbox options means we have all the bases covered for our customers,” Dan said.

* All prices quoted are recommended retail pricing and do not include metallic paint, dealer delivery and on-road costs.

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